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Burning (2018)

Beoning (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 17 May 2018 (South Korea)
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Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Chang-dong Lee

Writers:

Jungmi Oh (screenplay by) (as Jung-mi Oh), Chang-dong Lee (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ah-in Yoo ... Lee Jong-su
Steven Yeun ... Ben (as Yeun Sang-yeop)
Jong-seo Jun ... Shin Hae-mi
Soo-Kyung Kim ... Yeon-ju
Seung-ho Choi Seung-ho Choi ... Lee Yong-seok
Seong-kun Mun ... Lawyer
Bok-gi Min Bok-gi Min ... Judge
Soo-Jeong Lee Soo-Jeong Lee ... Prosecutor
Hye-ra Ban Hye-ra Ban ... Jong-su's Mom
Mi-Kyung Cha Mi-Kyung Cha ... Hae-mi's Mom
Bong-ryeon Lee Bong-ryeon Lee ... Hae-mi's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wonhyeong Jang Wonhyeong Jang ... Won-hyeong
Seok-Chan Jeon Seok-Chan Jeon ... Seok-chan
Joong-ok Lee Joong-ok Lee ... Patrolman
Ja-Yeon Ok Ja-Yeon Ok ... Ja-yeon
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Storyline

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.

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Taglines:

Now Tell the Truth See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Korea | Japan

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

17 May 2018 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Burning See more »

Filming Locations:

Huam-dong, Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,130, 28 October 2018

Gross USA:

$718,991

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,566,962
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of South Korea for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

Quotes

Shin Hae-mi: Do you know Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Africa It is said that Bushmen have two types of hungry people. Hungry English is hunger, Little hungry and great hungry. Little hungry people are physically hungry, The great hungry is a person who is hungry for survival. Why do we live, What is the significance of living? People who are always looking for these answers. This kind of person is really hungry, They called the great hungry.
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Touch My Body
Lyrics by Black Eyed Victory
Music by Black Eyed Victory
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Played during the opening scene
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The rare film that gets its value upon reflection.
7 February 2019 | by domtaylorSee all my reviews

It's the rare film that gets its value upon reflection rather than during watching. It's not boring as such, but with its extremely long runtime it does generally feel slow paced and often runs the risk of being quite dull. Luckily though, the pure sense of mystery that surrounds the three core players (our protagonist included) and the film's world as a whole keeps things intriguing throughout. As the narrative progresses, however, and the core mystery of the piece arrives, things get a lot more intriguing and this intrigue lasts long after the haunting finale. That's where the film really gets its merit. None of the enigmas are definitively answered, and this leads to an extremely subtle - yet wholly rewarding - experience that allows you to draw your own conclusions of what it was actually about. The picture could be about several different things, and it all depends on the individual spectator response. This, as well as the complete lack of on-the-nose exposition, is very refreshing in today's age of cinema where nothing is left to the imagination anymore. We are not told, or even explicitly shown, anything integral to answer the core mystery and this allows you to reflect on all of the intricacies of several different scenes in order to draw your own conclusions. It really is a one of a kind experience that will leave you scrutinising for days, discovering a new narrative possibility upon every thought. Its slow pace and the sense that it's not really going anywhere might make it seem hard to get through initially, but once it's over it becomes a rich, rewarding experience. 7/10


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